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Wood Smoke and Solid Fuel Heaters

Solid fuel heaters, including wood heaters, are a popular means of home heating. Wood is an effective, renewable fuel when burnt efficiently. However solid fuel heaters can be a major source of air pollution when they are poorly designed or not operated correctly.

It is important to ensure:

  • Burn only dry seasoned wood
  • Get a hot fire going quickly with plenty of paper and small kindling
  • Keep air vents open for 20 minutes after starting and reloading the fire
  • Keep the fire live and let it go out at night
  • Check there is no smoke from your flue 20 minutes after starting the fire
  • Avoid excessive smoke and consider your neighbours

For more information, visit the Wood smoke information pages of the SA Environment Protection Authority web site.